Mermaid tails have been making waves this side of summer.
As with any water-related activity involving children, we need to use common sense and have proper supervision when a child is in the water, especially when they are using these toys.
Mermaid tails are an accessory that bind a child’s legs together to make a single flipper and allows them to resemble a mermaid.
They’re often sold as both a costume and a toy and they allow kids to splash about like a real mermaid.
While these toys certainly look cool in the summer heat, there’s a real risk that some kids may struggle to swim if they have these toys on.
The New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner and Australian consumer watchdog, CHOICE, recently issued a product safety warning about mermaid tails, advising these toys may be dangerous and unsuitable for very young children.
While these toys are available for sale on Trade Me, we echo CHOICE and the Fair Trading Commissioner’s warning: supervision is key.
While it’s up to the caregivers whether their children should be using these toys, safety should be the top priority.
We think children should be supervised when near water at all times, especially while using these toys.
If a child is using a mermaid tail, they may need a lesson on how to properly use the toy and should also be strong swimmers.
It’s important to note that young children are most at risk when using these toys.
Creative Commons Image courtesy Libby.